I title this as “Two Zoos” loosely, Thursday night being a zoo figuratively because last night was Alive After 5’s, St. Patrick’s Day theme and it was packed with people enjoying a beautiful, clear, chilly night, (with no comet visible to me anyway).
The place was mobbed and looked just the way these events should, with food, a good amount of artists, vendors, music and many people appreciating it all. The street had a slow and steady rhythm, moving like an undulating snake with the flow.
There were people in costume, old cars, and plenty of smiles making it a very good night for downtown Sanford. I spoke with several artists who were happy Lake Mary has their own night too — first Wednesday of the month. We all hope it will grow bigger with each monthly event and be as popular as AA5!
What Sanford would be wise to do is coordinate their ArtWalk on 4th Fridays with having artists out on the street, they would draw a larger crowd if they dedicated it as an actual art walk where the streets have tables and tents set up to make it truly an art walk. Here’s a look at the streets Thursday night:
The Barbara Lee had an open house, free food, a great band. It was fun touring the boat, they are adding more tours as they keep growing.
The top deck.
AND ON TO THE ZOO TODAY — WELCOME JAHI, THE INDIAN RHINOCEROS
This morning I had to unhinge my jaw and slowly let my reptillian blood warm just to get out of bed! At 8am it was about 44degrees outside. I peeled back the electric blanket and chattered all the way to the closet – (5 feet) It’s March, what’s with the cold! I checked the thermostat, the house said 71, it felt like 50! I was supposed to go to the zoo for the welcoming of the newest zoo creature. I wondered if any of the animals would be up and moving around in this cold weather. By the time I had on two shirts and my jacket and scarf it had made it up to 50 degrees – luckily we have a strong Florida sun beating down and that made it bearable.
How lucky I felt to get a crack at taking pics of the Central Florida Zoological Park’s latest addition. They had a ribbon cutting with sponsors and our local reps and the press to advertise. Jahi is a young male Indian Rhino and will be joined in a few months by another male until they are ready to mate at which time the other male will go to another zoo and the girlfriend will arrive. They have made the elephants old digs look like a very suitable place for this rhino and I hope he enjoys his new home and more importantly, that it draws more people to our hidden treasure tucked away in Sanford. http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/
They have recently added a wonderful otter exhibit and there are many personal favorites that keep me coming back: the reptiles, the Siamangs, the cheetahs, the fun petting zoo and the volunteers standing there with all types of animals to be petted besides learning about them I thank you greatly volunteers!
The zoo looks so natural and has a good vibe, love the butterfly garden and playground, that was my granddaughters joy when she went to the zoo. The water park has become a big draw also the laser tag and climbing/ropes. Take the family and enjoy the zoo, support our animals, and take the time to teach the children what these animals mean to our planet – tell them about our fragile ecology and how it is to be respected and loved and taken care of from generation to generation –Welcome Jahi!